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Posted at 9:52 AM ET, 12/10/2010

Bill O'Reilly grills Barbara Walters about Oprah lesbian question

By Liz Kelly

As it turns out, the most fascinating person of the week may be Barbara Walters.

Well, let's be realistic and call her "the most fascinating person of the past 24 hours who happened to have two splashy interview specials air on ABC Thursday night and has been dive-bombing other talk shows to promote the heck out of them."

First, in an appearance on "The O'Reilly Factor," O'Reilly -- or "Billy," as Babs calls him -- registered his dismay with Walters's insistence on asking Oprah Winfrey if she is a lesbian. Oprah's answer, which we included in yesterday's Morning Mix? No.

The exchange is worth watching, though, if only to soak up the irony of O'Reilly intimating that Walters is not a real journalist:

O'Reilly went on to ask Walters if she'd inquired about Sarah Palin's sexuality and grill Babs on why it is that the cast of "Jersey Shore" (or, as he termed them, "pinheads") are so fascinating.

Meanwhile, did Walters perhaps engage in a bit of hyperbole when she called Oprah "the best interviewer ever" at the Kennedy Center Honors? Our own Lisa de Moraes details Walters's coy attempts to distance herself from the comment on Thursday's "The View" and Wednesday night's "Late Show with David Letterman."

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By Liz Kelly  | December 10, 2010; 9:52 AM ET
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Today's headlines include:

"Designer dead at NYC hotel, composer's son grilled"

"Bill O'Reilly grills Barbara Walters about Oprah lesbian question"

Wow, things are really heating up at the Celebrity Grill. Make mine medium rare.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | December 10, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Barbara Walters, and every other contemporary news caster, uses the news as a vehicle for self promotion. The Oprah lesbo issue probably comes out of her need to have a private residence on the ground of her girls school, where 'special students' are invited. Think these are overnighters for special time kinda like a Jackson sleep over?

Posted by: lilian10101 | December 11, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

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